The management of treatment-resistant depression is a much debated issue. In particular, the evidence supporting the commonly suggested sequential use of antidepressants from 2 different pharmacological classes is weak.Objective:
This retrospective study was undertaken to investigate whether there is a better response in nonresponders switched to a different class of antidepressants (across-class) compared with nonresponders switched to an antidepressant from the same class (within-class).Methods:
Three hundred forty patients with primary major depressive disorder were recruited in the context of a European multicenter project. Subjects whose current depressive episode had failed to respond to a first antidepressant trial of adequate dose and duration were included.Results:
There was no significant difference in response or remission rates between the across-class and within-class groups after controlling for possible confounders.Conclusions:
In depressed nonresponders to a previous antidepressant treatment, switching to a different class of antidepressants was not associated with a better response or remission rate.